How did you get started in fitness?
I was a figure skater from age 4 on to about 13, then a runner, then I began teaching group X and eventually training after college – I’m very grateful to my parents for making sure I had an active childhood! Funny thing is, I haven’t sat still yet!
How do you stay motivated?
My motivation to stay shoot-ready comes from my fans, but my motivation to workout comes from my appreciation for having a healthy body. Most of my fans are familiar with my decade-long struggle with eating disorders, so not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate having a healthy heart, a full head of hair, and being far far away from an emergency room visit.
What does your diet consist of?
I eat very clean. Organic, hormone-free, and no artificial anything. My last vice was actually chewing gum (full of chemicals!) that I only recently gave up.
What’s your favorite music to workout to?
I am a child of the Britney era! Still, to this day, NOTHING gets me as happy to move my body as Toxic!
What body part are you most proud of?
My glutes, no question. Several years ago I did my first fitness shoot was with a now-famous photographer, and it was absolutely awesome. The only thing was – he had to PHOTOSHOP a butt on me. I was overdoing my cardio and training incorrectly (and my diet was off-point as well). I immediately ran to the gym and spent the entire afternoon designing workout that isolated and grew my glutes into…something I am very proud of today! That is a lot of work back there!
What’s the best part about being a fitness competitor?
The exposure I get with the WBFF has allowed me to share my eating disorder recovery story with the world through many channels. When I was struggling 10 years ago with it, I really had no one who’d been through the same to look up to. So I’ve decided to BE that person for as many as I can, and competing has given me a global platform that I am extremely grateful for!
What’s your favorite cheat meal?
No lie….I could do an entire jar of Trader Joe’s almond butter in one sitting. Especially after competing…. :)
What are your 3 favorite exercises?
Squatted lat pull-downs (I love back day!), 45 degree angle squats (butt workout magic!), and drop-set step-up (cardio blast! not to mention leg-sculpting!)
You won your pro card last year, what does it mean to be a WBFF Bikini Pro?
Dream come true! I set a lot of goals last year: Get into a grad school (psychology! I’ll be staring programs for eating disorder patients down the line), get my pro card, and last but actually first – re-centralize God in my life. Done, done, and DONE! All are interconnected, not surprisingly, and each one has proven to be a bigger blessing that I could have even fathomed. Life is really wonderful these days and I’m so grateful to the WBFF for seeing pro status and value in me, and my story!
What supplements would you use/recommend if any?
As an athlete, I know that I am putting more stress on my body than the average person. The bare minimum I’d suggest is a multivitamin, an omega supplement, and monitoring of protein intake. Most women take in so little protein it is scary!
What are you most proud of?
So far my life’s greatest accomplishment is absolutely overcoming an entire decade of near-fatal bulimia and anorexia that robbed me of health & self-assuredness in my early adulthood. Every single message I get from someone telling me that I am a role model makes my heart absolutely soar! I’ll actually be grateful for my struggle for as long as I live. HUGE blessing in disguise.
What’s next for you?
I will be going for the World Title in bikini at the WBFF World Championships this summer! That’s my immediate fitness goal, but keep watching. I plan to have an even bigger presence in the world once my Masters degree is complete and I can make an even greater impact.
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